MidWestOne Bank

Originally designed by Proudfoot & Bird, the historic MidWestOne Bank building, is one of the oldest original buildings in the heart of downtown Iowa City. The tower was constructed in 1912 and sits adjacent to the highly visible and notable University of Iowa Pentacrest. By using a combination of historic tax credits and corporate funds, the building has been carefully restored and renovated.

The main goals for project included re-configuring the interior layout to address current needs, repairing and upgrading finishes and building systems to provide a high performance workspace, and preserving and restoring the historic character of the building.

The first-floor lobby restoration efforts uncovered original decorative ceiling plaster and mosaic floor tiles. Missing historic materials were re-created based on existing samples and original drawings. Newly inserted elements are distinctly modern to draw a clear delineation between old and new. Upper floor layouts have been modified to include a mix of individual and shared office spaces with and conference rooms. 

Exterior upgrades included masonry tuck pointing, window replacement, and replacement of the once demolished cornice that caps the building. No trace of the original building cornice remained; it was re-constructed based on photographs and original drawings.

Work was broken down into multiple phases. The building has recently been admitted to the National Historic Register.

Project Type



Iowa City, Iowa


34,500 SF (renovated)